Adult Special Education students Natalie MacDonald and Anita McManus became friends at the Salmon Arm campus during the Writing Your Life class.
Writing Your Life

February 20, 2020

Okanagan College's Adult Special Education program has a unique creative writing course called "Writing Your Life," where students can explore other ways of knowing through stories, poems, songs, prayers, letters and field trips. Meet the students and read their work below. Poems by Ricky Barnes Ricky Barnes, when he is not cheering for his favourite soccer team (or football, as he would call it) Liverpool Football Club England, watching movies, and connecting on Fac...

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Adult Special Education instructor Wanda Radies takes a break in nature
Meet Wanda Radies

February 20, 2020

What is your education? Bachelor of Education, Brandon University When did you know you had found your discipline?  I have 3 younger sisters, so by the time I was 10, I had a class running each summer using leftover pencils, crayons and notebooks. Along with one-legged Barbie’s, farm dogs and barn cats, my sisters let themselves be my students. Why did you choose to work at Okanagan College? I never thought of adult education as a career for myself. One of my employers from the lat...

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male student in audio engineering room
Meet Anton Evans

February 3, 2020

During his time at OC, Evans has been a student of the Preparing for Access to Careers and Education (PACE) and Supported Access to Modified Education (SAME) programs, both of which are geared at supporting students to achieve their own educational, vocational and personal development goals. PACE helps students develop work readiness skills, learning communication, assertiveness, stress management and conflict resolution. Students also complete one work placement, supporting them ...

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Adult Special Education Department

Adult Special Education programs at Okanagan College provide the support students need to reach their full potential. Our programs are part of a life progression – integrated where possible – teaching independence and encouraging interest in a lifetime of learning and working within the community.  

Writing Your Life

Read poems by Adult Special Education students in the creative writing course, "Writing Your Life."

Meet Wanda

Wanda Radies makes space for students to discover themselves and "shine up their personal star."

Meet Anton

The support Anton Evans receives from the SAME program is allowing him to pursue a career in audio engineering.

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The first step in applying to any Adult Special Education program is to set up an intake interview with Okanagan College staff. Submit your information in the form below to get started.

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Vernon

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Salmon Arm

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MacAulay, Irene

Last Name
MacAulay
First Name
Irene
Department
Contract/Event Activity P1-AFP
Building
Main Building
Campus
Vernon
Phone Number
250-545-7291
Extension
2331
Unlisted
No
Email
imacaulay@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
D363
Employee Group
SUP
Active
Yes
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Udala, Cathy

Last Name
Udala
First Name
Cathy
Department
Adult Academic Career Preparation
Building
Business Building
Campus
Kelowna
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Extension
4555
Unlisted
No
Email
cudala@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
216A
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
AACP instructor Cathy Udala
Bio

I attended Okanagan College in the late 1970’s before transferring to UBC. I taught in SD #23 for 38 years, retiring in June, 2019. Now I have a part time dream job with two pieces, ASE and AACP, here at OC. My spare time is spent with family, reading, baking, knitting and walking.

Credentials
B.Ed, Special Education and Psychology, University of British Columbia

Ford, Robert

Last Name
Ford
First Name
Robert
Department
Adult Special Education
Building
Sunoka Building
Campus
Penticton
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Unlisted
No
Email
rford@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
001
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
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Ducharme, Lori

Last Name
Ducharme
First Name
Lori
Department
Adult Special Education
Building
Salmon Arm Building
Campus
Salmon Arm
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Unlisted
No
Email
lducharme@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
108
Employee Group
SUP
Active
Yes
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Cornish, Michelle

Last Name
Cornish
First Name
Michelle
Department
Adult Special Education
Building
Salmon Arm Building
Campus
Salmon Arm
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Unlisted
No
Email
mcornish@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
147
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
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Catton, Valerie

Last Name
Catton
First Name
Val
Preferred Name
Val
Department
Contract/Event Activity P1-AFP
Building
Business Building
Campus
Kelowna
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Extension
4336
Unlisted
No
Email
vcatton@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
107
Employee Group
SUP
Active
Yes
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Bio

I came to Okanagan College in Sept 2014. I have had the opportunity of working with several students over the past 5 years. I bring my experience in working with diversabilities from twenty-three years as a Special Education Teaching Assistant for School District #54 in northern BC. I continue to learn every day from the students I work with and hope in some way I make a difference to the students I support here at Okanagan College. I also provide respite services to families with loved ones who have diversabilites and have done so for twenty-five years. In addition, I work for an agency in Kelowna providing community services to individuals requiring support during their day.

Credentials
Education Assistant, Northwest Community College
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Adult Special Education

Carruthers, Joyce

Last Name
Carruthers
First Name
Joyce
Department
Portfolio Dean's Office - P1 (A/F)
Building
Business Building
Campus
Kelowna
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Extension
4336
Unlisted
No
Email
jcarruthers@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
107
Employee Group
SUP
Active
Yes
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Bio

I have currently been working at Okanagan College for 6 years as an Individual Support Worker in the Adult Special Education Department.
For the past 30 years, I have had the pleasure of working in different capacities with individuals and their diversabilities. Some of those roles have been Community Support Worker; Residential Care Worker; Respite Care Provider.
I have completed the Intermediate Level of American Sign Language. I was involved in creating Deaf Okanagan Society (DOS) with a grant received from the City of Kelowna. DOS created opportunities for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Non-Verbal individuals to complete courses in Food Safe and 1st Aid to assist with obtaining employment.
 

Credentials
American Sign Language Intermediate Certificate, Okanagan College
Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Certificate Training, Community Living BC Training
Certification in First Aid and Food Safe, Okanagan College
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Giles, Debra

Last Name
Giles
First Name
Debra
Department
Adult Special Education
Building
Salmon Arm Building
Campus
Salmon Arm
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Unlisted
No
Email
dgiles@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
147
Employee Group
SUP
Active
Yes
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Pacholka, Michele

Last Name
Pacholka
First Name
Michele
Department
Adult Special Education
Building
Health Building
Campus
Kelowna
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Extension
4459
Unlisted
No
Email
mpacholka@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
104
Employee Group
SUP
Active
Yes
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Bio

For the past 30 years, I have had the privilege of teaching others important life skills that prepare them for a more fulfilling life! I have been teaching in Adult Special Education at the Kelowna Campus since 2014. If I am not teaching Math or Applied Skills within the PACE program, I am working with a SAME student to ensure all supports are in place for successful completion of an Okanagan College program. My other passions include teaching powerskating, watching hockey, being surrounded by animals and practicing positive physical and mental health.

 

Credentials
BA, Majoring in Psychology and Sociology, Brandon University
BSW, Social Work, University of Calgary

Fleck, Tanya

Last Name
Fleck
First Name
Tanya
Department
Adult Special Education
Building
Main Building
Campus
Vernon
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Unlisted
No
Email
tfleck@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
C328
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
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Bio

I am an educator working in various departments at Okanagan College. I began my career in education as a classroom teacher, focusing on special education, literacy and assessment while working with at risk students. As a public school Vice Principal I provided professional development and attended a number of courses myself. My experience also includes working overseas as a Curriculum and Instruction Coordinator, a Principal, and a Director of International Education. I'm focused on teaching students at their level, using current methods, technology, and assessment. I have a genuine love for learning and helping others!

Credentials
Chartered Professional of Human Resources
M.Ed, Multidisciplinary Leadership, University of Northern BC
B.Ed, Elementary, University of Northern BC
BA, History, University of Northern BC
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da Costa, Anita

Last Name
da Costa
First Name
Poe Liberado
Preferred Name
Poe Liberado
Department
Adult Special Education
Building
Sunoka Building
Campus
Penticton
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Unlisted
No
Email
pliberado@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
001
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
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Roussel, Catherine

Last Name
Roussel
First Name
Catherine
Department
Adult Special Education
Building
Salmon Arm Building
Campus
Salmon Arm
Phone Number
250-832-2126
Extension
8230
Unlisted
No
Email
croussel@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
151
Employee Group
SUP
Active
Yes
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